Many free parking and free shuttle options will be available to and from Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast on the 4th of July. Here’s your guide to parking and transportation to Boulder’s favorite fireworks display. Remember, gates open at 7:45pm at Folsom Field (2400 Colorado Ave, Boulder) and fireworks begin at 9:35pm!
Road & Trail Closures to Note
Please note, regardless of how you choose to get to and from the event, the portion of Colorado Ave that’s west of Folsom Street to the Euclid Parking Garage will be closed starting at 6:00 pm. No motorized traffic will be permitted. Boulder Creek Path will also be closed between Folsom and 19th Street for safety purposes due to the proximity to the fireworks launch area.
A portion of the Boulder Creek Bike path near Folsom Field and the spur trails leading to Folsom Field will also be closed to foot and bike traffic, due to the proximity to the fireworks launch location.
CU Campus Parking
While there are very limited parking options on the CU campus during the event, free public parking will be available in the Euclid Parking Garage, Regent Parking Garage (Lot 436), 436 North and parking lots 204, 440, 430, 308, 418, 416, 470, 414, and 402. Disability parking will be available in parking lot 360 and both 359 lots. Please note that the portion of Colorado Ave west of Folsom St to the Euclid Parking Garage will be closed to vehicles for the majority of the evening. While the Folsom parking garage will be available for parking, no entry or exit will be permitted from 6:00pm until after the event. A helpful map can be found here.
The Hop and Buff Bus will be offering free shuttle services from Walnut Street between 28th Street and 30th Street to Folsom Field and will take passengers to the corner of Colorado Ave and Folsom Street. A map of the bus route can be found here.
Downtown Boulder Parking
Boulder’s downtown city parking garages will have free parking all day. Free transportation to Folsom Field will begin at 8pm and run through the end of the event via the HOP bus. For a detailed map with the bus route and drop off locations, click here.
Uber, Lyft or a taxi service is another non-parking option for transportation to and from the event. The nearest drop-off/pick-up location will be at the corner of Colorado Ave and Folsom St near the bus stop.